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Grit in the Classroom: Building Perseverance for Excellence in Today's Students

175p. bibliog. Prufrock. Aug. 2017. pap. $19.95. ISBN 9781618216311.
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Sanguras explores how educators can foster resilience and passion in their students by explicitly teaching grit. She argues that grit, which lies at the crossroads between perseverance and passion for learning and is separate from intelligence, is essential for success. The book is accessible, engaging, and often humorous, weaving in current research alongside relatable examples and anecdotes for teachers. The author addresses methods for developing, instilling, and assessing perseverance and engagement at all levels, including in the classroom, through partnerships with parents and by creating a "gritty" culture in the school community. Sanguras also examines differentiation and how to teach grit to gifted learners, and the concepts pair well with other hot topics in education, such as project-based learning. Each chapter ends with discussion questions, making this an excellent choice for school or district-wide professional development. An extensive list of additional resources is appended.
VERDICT This comprehensive introduction is the rare professional resource that is useful to most educators in many contexts.

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